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Our Programs

The Coastal Corridor Alliance is presently managing two programs and is about to launch a third. The first includes park planning efforts for the Randall Preserve. The second includes building partnerships and a volunteer corps for restoration work in the Coastal Corridor. It is anticipated that in 2024, the Alliance will begin an educational program to get community supporters and residents in disinvested communities into nature.

Park Planning for the Randall Preserve

The Coastal Corridor Alliance has a leadership role in the park planning for the land formerly called Banning Ranch, now the Randall Preserve/Genga [Tribal Name to be Determined] (Randall Peserve). Because the land was under private ownership for more than a century, the critical next step is an evaluation of the site through a comprehensive park planning effort. The land acquisition agreement placed the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) as titleholder with the requirement to develop a Property Management Plan, that encompasses a Resource Management Plan and Tribal Access and Engagement Plan that both collectively inform a Public Access Plan. Beyond those acquisition requirements, CCA received partial funding for a separate, but related Coastal Resilience Strategy. MRCA has until December 2025 to develop these plans.

Resource Management Plan (RMP)

RP Monitoring

A critical next step for the Randall Preserve is an evaluation of the site through a RMP, which includes baseline and integrated biological surveys. The RMP also includes a site description, property management details, allowable public uses, biological monitoring and management, funding, and identification of restoration opportunities.

Elevational gradients, habitat transition zones, and marine influence will be captured sitewide along with a baseline biological survey that integrates historical survey data to provide the most accurate picture of challenges and opportunities on this property. These topics intertwine with the permanent preservation of the flora and fauna. This project is funded through a federal grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to CCA.

CCA will engage the community, emphasizing the nearby disadvantaged communities in Costa Mesa to promote these public engagement opportunities when they arise. This project is funded through a grant from The Trust for Public Land to CCA.

Coastal Resilience Strategy (CRS)

RP-Wetlands

The CRS will likely include four critical analyses: assessing hazard risk and community vulnerability, identifying nature-based solutions appropriate for this site, quantifying conservation and restoration action(s), and measuring the potential effectiveness of these actions to reduce risk. Future phases of this work would include actual on-the-ground restoration and plan implementation. In 2023, BRC added the Randall Preserve Wetland Feasibility Study to the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project Work Plan.

The RMP and CRS are two separate, but intertwined documents. Activities for both include identification of land uses and policy constraints, pre-colonization and settlement history, determining appropriate conservation and access goals as well as management objectives, physical and environmental setting, fire history or fire management concerns, historic weather trends, existing and future funding needs, a biological monitoring schedule, hazard risk assessment, recommendations for risk reduction, and more. This project is funded through a federal grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to CCA.

The public will also have opportunities to weigh in on the CRS by providing comments on the draft document and participating in public engagement meetings before finalization and adoption. Again, CCA will promote these public engagement opportunities when they arise. This project is funded through a grant from The Trust for Public Land to CCA.

Public Access Plan (PAP)

Nature Walk

The PAP is last because all of the other plans inform this one. It will outline who, what, when, where, and why specific uses on the land are or are not allowed. It is likely that this component will be housed within the RMP described above. This project is funded through a federal grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to CCA.

The public will also have opportunities to weigh in on the PAP by providing comments on the draft document and participating in public engagement meetings before finalization and adoption. Again, CCA will promote these public engagement opportunities when they arise. This project is funded through a grant from The Trust for Public Land to CCA.

Peer Program

The Coastal Corridor has a long list of restoration work identified. Many organizations are already working in these lands and waters. The Coastal Corridor Alliance is adding a workforce and partnering with stakeholders for a more cooperative, inclusive, and effective restoration effort through its PEER Program.

The PEER Program has four focus areas:

  • Partnerships
  • Engagement
  • Equity/Inclusion
  • Restoration

Sign Up For BRC Volunteer & Educational Events

At all of our events, we learn and discuss the ecological realities of the interconnected Coastal Corridor.

Third Saturday
Fairview Park Habitat Restoration Days

CCA adopted an area of Fairview Park for native habitat restoration. Individuals and families are invited to join us at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa from 9 am – 11:30 am, every 3rd Saturday.

In 2024, CCA is looking for a team to water the native plants installed in the fall of 2023. To learn more about the watering rotation, please contact Paul Waggoner.
PEER Events 1

Fourth Saturday
Beach & River Mouth Cleanup

Let’s clean up harmful trash where the river and the ocean meet. We’ll work together to learn about and improve the health of our local wildlife, waters, and lands. Individuals and families are invited to join us for cleanups at Tower 74 in Newport Beach from 9 am to 11 am every 4th Saturday.

Become a PEER Partner

Want to get your organization or community involved? Want to help build or support BRC’s PEER Program?




Nature Walks

The Coastal Corridor Alliance plans to launch nature walks with partner organizations in Spring 2024. Our goal is to invite the community to learn about the special places in the Coastal Corridor, the plants, the animals, the recreational opportunities, and more. When more information is available, we will post it here!
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